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IoT Connectivity Standards? Still a Confusing Mess.

62 million European households will soon have smart gas meters as reported on IoT Evolution with an annual growth rate of 27.8...

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Digital Transformation Gone Wrong: Did Macy's Fail?

Amazon will be moving into six floors at 300 Pine Street, a historic epicenter of Seattle retail, home to Macy’s. In fact,...

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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

The rotary or Wankel engine is an automotive marvel. It revs higher than an engine with cylinders and weighs far less. It...

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Invoxia NVX 200 Phone Connects to Apple Watch 3

Forget Dick Tracey, Invoxia takes your watch phone one-step further by allowing you to use a desk phone as the interface to...

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Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one...

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Thanks to Actility, Comcast may Build Largest U.S. LoRa Network

There is a race to roll out the largest LoRa network as eventually trillions of devices will need a low-power way to...

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WebRTC for Business People - Update

July 25, 2017


Three or four years ago, when WebRTC was still a strange concept, Tsahi Levent-Levi wrote a paper called “WebRTC for Business People.” That paper helped a fledging community of application developers, vendors, service providers, and enterprises understand WebRTC.  He has updated that paper now in 2017 and you can obtain it here

There are quite a few nice tidbits in that paper, one key one being that WebRTC as a spec is still being standardized at the W3C and IETF.  

Unified Communications in the Cloud

July 18, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat determined by economics and the fact that enterprises have already set in place communications systems that have been paid for and work.  But let’s say that you as an enterprise have determined the time is right to move to UC.  Should it be premise-based or cloud-based?   Some enterprises are worried about losing control and want on-premise equipment. 

What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

July 11, 2017

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore.  But alas, SBCs have been around for over 15 years now. The original SBC functions that were there to support peering for IP – IP networks, such as connectivity in the form of IPv4-IPv6 interworking, NAT traversal, and SIP protocol translations and security in the form of DoS support, toll fraud, signaling encryption, and packet protection are still very much important, but the SBC has been asked to do more these days.  So if you have an SBC from the “old days” it’s likely not pulling its weight.

Unified Communications Murkiness

June 27, 2017

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet?

First of all, UC is a murky topic.  Unified Communications at it’s most basic level is voice, email and presence/IM capability in an application. 

SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

June 20, 2017



Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since we still sell them. Certainly, IP is growing and SIP Trunking is growing, but for most companies this means a gradual transition, not a full scale wipeout of existing technology. Why? 

Fax Still Going Strong

June 13, 2017


Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN technologies, continues to endure and keep going way past what the “pundits” may have predicted.  To me, that is because the pundits live in a very advanced world, and don’t understand how economics really shape enterprise business decisions. 

What's Going On with WebRTC? - June 2017 Update

June 6, 2017



The hype is dying down.  The press has moved onto IoT, NFV, and clouds.  WebRTC is yesterday’s news.  You don’t hear much about it anymore.  I haven’t written about it in a while even. 

Do We Really Need 5G Right Now?

May 30, 2017

Last week, I wrote about how great of a tool the Cisco VNI is for mobile trend analysis and how it might not be best to use as THE ONLY definitive future forward-looking mobile trend predicter. The reason I really started looking at the Feb 2017 report, though, was because I wanted to see what it said about WiFi offload. I just went off on a tangent last week.  This week, I return to the topic of WiFi offload.

Is the Cisco VNI Right?

May 23, 2017


I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it as gospel.  I’ve even seen other analyst reports refer to the Cisco VNI as well.  The Cisco VNI has been a great tool for many of us in the industry, and I have been reading it for as long as it’s been available, which is at least 10 years running.  And it’s a great tool for sure, one of the best. 


The Rise of AI in Communications

May 16, 2017



Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to think



Data, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked?

As economical compute power behind telephony offerings have increased (through more increased processing power whether in the cloud or on premise), we have seen a rise in analytics relating to the specific offering.  This is either to help improve customer service, or help reduce OPEX because a better understanding of what is actually going on in the network can be readily seen. 

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